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book coverWe had lots of library activities planned to hep bring the book alive. But in our effort to help stop the spread of Covid-19, the library had to close. Instead, log into the Spring Challenge to earn two special badges.

To earn the Family Read badge, visit the author’s website and explore some of her suggested activities on page 6 of this resource guide. She has a playlist where you can listen to songs from the book. And you can make your own zines using Linette Lao’s YpsiWrites Zine Making Guide. Upload a photo of it in the YpsiWrites Spring Challenge, or share it on social media with the hashtag #YpsiWritesZines. If you make the zine, you’ll earn the Family Read badge and the YpsiWrites badge!

Want to know more about the book? This season’s pick is 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez. Maria Luisa, known to friends and family as Malú, loves punk rock, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (but not cilantro). When her college-professor mom takes a new job, they move thousands of miles from her music-loving dad, who reminds her that everything will be ok as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.

She learns more about her Mexican heritage and Chicanx influences on her favorite music genre from her new neighbors and eventually forms a band that auditions for the school talent show. But will the anti-punk school administration choose them to perform?

Collage art zines are scattered throughout the book, pulling the reader through the story visually and making it feel like a graphic novel. And because the Family Read was designed to encourage families to unplug and read aloud together, there are many great conversation starters. Look for our discussion guide at the library to help start conversations and get ideas about how to extend learning. The First Rule of Punk touches on themes such as standing up for your right to express yourself, discovering your own identity and culture, fitting in at school, and that everyone’s voice counts.

The books we choose are appropriate for kids as young as 3rd grade but interesting enough for adults. Look at our complementary booklist for younger readers so everyone can be part of the fun.

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